BMW Group Social Drive.
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At the end of September, we will talk about how corporations drive social impact within their organizations and in our society. In the first part of this event, Philipp von der Wippel, Entrepreneur and Founder of ProjectTogether will speak about Responsible Leadership and what business models companies need to develop to reflect the values of our modern societies and how employees could be the motor of change.

How can companies act as responsible members of our society? What strategies do companies need to develop? How do they motivate their employees to engage in social activities?

In the second part, Ilka Horstmeier, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Human Resources and Labour Relations Director, Ulrike Garanin, Co-Founder and CEO at JOBLINGE and Philipp von der Wippel discuss how to motivate employees to act and drive social change. The panelists will explore the challenges corporations face today in view of climate change, digitalization and a rapidly changing society.

If you want to get to know more about Driving Social Impact, watch the recording of the panel discussion including English subtitle here.


Hannah Klose

Hannah is a natural born host! Her authentic and charming moderation style is unique and refreshing. Since 2014 her focus lies on events with tech, digital, innovation and startups topic. As a coach she provides hands on stage and communication training for public speakers as well as moderators. She currently works as the head of communication for the Munich based Startup SafeNow.


Ulrike Garanin

Ulrike Garanin was born in Essen in 1971. She studied economics and philosophy at the university of St. Gallen, at the Institut d´Etudes Politiques de Paris and at the University of Hamburg. In 1999, she joined The Boston Consulting Group as a consultant. Since 2003 she was leading projects for the Industrial Goods and Social Impact Practice Areas as BCG Principal. In 2007, Ulrike led the BCG team that developed the JOBLINGE concept together with the Eberhard von Kuenheim-Foundation of BMW. Today, Ulrike is an Associate Director at The Boston Consulting Group and CEO and Co-Founder of the initiative JOBLINGE that aims to fight youth unemployment. Ulrike is married and the mother of three children. She lives with her family in Bavaria.
So far more than 12.000 underprivileged young people have joined the six-month JOBLINGE program - more than 75% of them succeeded in starting an apprenticeship, which is about a factor 3-4 higher than the placement rate of other programs with the same target group. The retention rate of the program, measured six months after the start of an apprenticeship, lies at 80%. In this way, JOBLINGE closes the gap between origin and future – today throughout Germany, in more than 30 locations. The success of the initiative is also based on the overwhelming support of many partners throughout Germany, which today include: more than 2.400 partner companies, more than 2.000 volunteers, more than 50 public-sector institutions and over 250 employees who implement the program.

BMW Welt Ilka Horstmeier

Ilka Horstmeier is a Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Human Resources, and Labour Relations Director. Following a degree in Business Administration, she started in 1995 at the BMW Group as a trainee and section manager in Human Resources and Organisational Development. Shortly thereafter, she moved to production, where she held various management functions, before becoming Senior Vice President for Production and Planning Engines and E-Powertrain in 2013. In 2018, she became head of the BMW Group Plant in Dingolfing, and since November 2019 she has been the Board Member for Human Resources. Since the beginning of her career, Horstmeier has managed numerous transformation projects and has been focused on the ability to provide operational excellence as well as sustainability. As a "people person", she enjoys the responsibility for the BMW Group’s more than 120,000 associates and their work environment. She actively shapes the transformation and stands for social responsibility due to her firm conviction that "the employees guarantee the success of the BMW.

Philipp von der Wippel

Philipp von der Wippel is the founder and co-managing director of the non-profit organisation ProjectTogether. Philipp has completed internships at the BMW Foundation and the Federal Ministry of Finance. He studied philosophy, political science and economics at Oxford University.